For my local readers, get out your calendars and add “TechStars” to your calendar on April 21st, 2010, at 6:00 pm, when Highway 12 Ventures has a special event at the Watercooler where David Cohen (founder of TechStars) and Andy Sack (Executive Director of TechStars Seattle) will be talking about TechStars. TechStars is “a mentorship-driven seed stage investment program” that has seen phenomenal success.
Most larger cities have a “children’s museum” where kids (and grown ups) can experience “hands on” science. Anything that teaches kids that science is cool is worth supporting!
Our local children’s museum is called the “Discovery Center of Idaho.” For about ten years now, I have provided free patent searches to the winners of the Discovery Center’s annual “Invent Idaho” science fair contest for elementary and middle school students. It has been a blast working with young kids that are so excited about inventing.
The book is amazing. In the book they take apart toys, deconstructing them for kids while explaining how they work. Additionally, most of the toys mentioned include figures from the actual patents for the toys. It is definitely something that most of my readers would enjoy reading, as well as giving away as a gift to their children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews.
A group of my local (Boise) geek friends have been using Google Wave to share Google Wave tips and tricks with one another was we each kick Wave’s tires. Here are some of the most useful tips/tricks that have come out of that ongoing conversation:
1. The “Files” button in the lower right doesn’t work unless someone has already uploaded a file. The “Files” button is not used to upload files (yes, very illogical). To upload a file, you need to click on the paperclip icon. Note: you can’t see the paperclip icon until after you start a new reply or are otherwise in “edit mode.”
2. If you add an image (Tip 1 above), a separate button for Images shows up next to the Files button. Perhaps the Files button shouldn’t be visible until after there is at least one file…
3. The first line of the first message (aka “blip”) you type in a wave…becomes the title of the wave. Having a nonsensical wave title is frustrating when you are looking for a wave amongst a list of waves. Yes, you can go back and edit the first blip to make a better title.
4. In a “wave” you’ll have a number of threaded conversations. Each conversation is a “wavelet.” Each message in a wavelet is a “blip.” See this Mashable post for a more thorough explanation.
5. If you push the “Reply” button in the upper toolbar, you start a new wavelet. .
6. If you mouse over the bottom of a wavelet window that no one else has responded to, you receive the option of “Continue this thread.”
7. If you mouse over the junction between the two blips in the wavelet, you receive the option of “insert reply here.”
8. If you double click in the middle of a blip you can insert an inline reply.
I’m sure those tips are just the tip of the iceberg…
I was recently honored by branding/marketing gurus Justin Foster and Johnathan Hardesty of Tricycle Consulting by being asked to be a guest on their podcast (“The Trike Show”). On the podcast we talked about trademarks, branding, blogging and social media (as it applies to “professionals” (such as lawyers).
One statistic I get tired of hearing is how data shows (showed?) that Idaho is (was) #1 per capita for patents and Boise is (was) #2 per capita for patents. The reality is those numbers are (were) greatly skewed by Micron Technology and Hewlett-Packard both having facilities in town. Those two entities account for 75%+ of the Idaho patents since 1984.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not bad mouthing Idaho inventors. Instead, I’m criticizing those (typically in government) that pound on their chests like Tarzan, bragging about this statistic, trying to make it mean something it doesn’t.
I’m about 1/2 way through it, and it is a great one. I’ve added it to my “must read” book for entrepreneurs.
It is similar to Farris’ Four Hour Workweek, but Warnke’s focus is more on building income so you can spend time with your family (instead of building income so you can travel the world). What I really like about the book is how it lays out a “how to” guide to getting your finances in order, something that most entrepreneurial books overlook (they tend to presume that people know what to do first, second, etc.).
I actually ordered a handful of copies this morning…to give to colleagues/friends. It is that good.